According to a 2004 FBI homicide data analysis, Minnesota is rated 8th in the Nation in per capita rate of Black Homicide Victimization. Minnesotaâ€™s Black Homicide rate is 24.45 per 100,000 and is five times the national overall homicide rate of 4.86 per 100,000.
The study warns that “the toll that homicide exacts on black teens and young adults in America, both male and female, is disproportionate, disturbing, and undeniable” and concludes, “As efforts are made to reduce America’s black homicide victimization toll, the unique facilitating role of firearms cannot be ignored.”
The results from 2004 showed 80% of the victims were shot and killed with guns, 91% of those with handguns. Two victims were under 18 years of age and 84% of the victims were male.
Homicide is the second leading cause of death for all persons 15 to 24 years of age. It is the leading cause of death for African Americans in this age group. Nine out of 10 African Americans ages 15 to 24 homicide victims were killed with a firearm according to a Center for Disease Control study in 1999. Sadly, suicide is the third leading cause of death among African American youth ages 10 to 19 with 66% committed with firearms.